We've rounded up 10 food festivals happening between this weekend and when it's time to think about trimming the Thanksgiving turkey. And just because it's State Fair season doesn't mean it's all fried food, funnel cakes and corn dogs. There will be barbecue, baklava, bratwursts and more. Plus, there's a new chili festival being held when it might be chilly enough to enjoy the warmth of a big bowl of red. Find more food events here. Want even more festivals? Head here.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church celebrates its 60th event with gyros, lamb sliders, spanakopita, baklava and more. Food will be available for lunch and dinner for dine-in or take-home. Traditional dancing, a food shop, cooking demos and a marketplace are among the other attractions. Greek comedian Basile will perform, and the Festival Taverna will be serving wine and beer. Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas. $6, free for kids 12 and younger. 972-991-1166. greekfestivalofdallas.com.
This annual celebration of farmers and artisan food vendors and the chefs who love them features three days of events: Crème de la Femme, a six-course dinner designed by six female chefs served at Lee Park; Street Food Night Market, an outdoor fest in the Design District featuring 15 chefs' food, including a whole hog roast and an ice cream truck; and the Main Event, an all-you-can-eat affair featuring sweet and savory eats with plenty of beer and wine to wash them down. Sept. 23-25. Tickets are $75-$200 per person per event. Find individual event details at chefsforfarmers.com.
Fifteen pitmasters and chefs, including Texas legends Black's Barbecue from Lockhart and Louie Mueller Barbecue from Taylor, and local favorites such as Heim Barbecue and 18th and Vine BBQ, will be at Main Street Garden on Sept. 24. Toadies, Madison King and others will perform, and there will be armadillo races, a toilet seat toss competition and a mechanical bull. Meat, sides and desserts will be available to sample from 1:30 to 5 p.m. while supplies last. After 5 p.m., food will be available for purchase. Sept. 24 at 1902 Main St., Dallas. VIP admission is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ($90), tasting-ticket admission is from 2:30 to 5 p.m. ($48) and concert-only admission will start at 5 p.m. ($28). For ages 6-12, admission is $10; free for ages 5 and under. prekindle.com (search for smoked).
In honor of Oktoberfest, the Shops at Park Lane's park area near Starbucks will be a one-day biergarten featuring pours from local breweries, including Texas Ale Project, Peticolas Brewing Co. and Franconia Brewing Co. Pair those craft brews with brats from Rudolph's Market and pretzels from Slow Dough Bread Co. Purchase $30 VIP tickets to receive three 8-ounce beers, a brat and a pretzel, or pay $10 to enter the festival then buy food and drinks separately. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. The biergarten will be rocking all day with music from Charley Crockett, Kirk Thurmond and others. Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 8020 Park Lane, Dallas. shopsatparklane.com/parktoberfest.
Get unlimited samples of contemporary and traditional tacos from more than two dozen vendors, including Taqueria la Ventana, R Taco and Fuzzy's Taco Shop. VIP tickets include entry at 3 p.m. and access to exclusive taquerias such as Trompo, El Come Taco and Revolver Taco. Dallas Observer will host this festival on the plaza in front of Dallas City Hall, and there will be cash bars with beer and cocktails and live music. Oct. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. $30 per person in advance, $40 at the event. VIP tickets, which include entry at 3 p.m. and access to exclusive taquerias, are $75 in advance, $80 at the event. Must be 21 or older to attend. 1500 Marilla St., Dallas. tacolandiadallas.com.
More than 30 chefs and 40 wineries, plus mixologists and brewers, will be part of the festival's Grand Taste on Oct. 22 at Klyde Warren Park. Participants include local chefs Nilton Borges Jr., John Tesar and Kent Rathbun. A second event, Oct. 21's Texas chef showcase called Down to the Roots, has already sold out. The Grand Taste is Oct. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Admission is $75 per person for ages 21 and older. parkandpalate.org.
This celebration of vegetarian cuisine features food for sale from restaurants, food trucks and other purveyors. There will also be chef demonstrations, speakers, a children's area, live music, yoga, games and a beer garden. Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free; food prices vary. Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. texasveggiefair.com.
The signature Texas food meets kosher dietary standards in this second annual competition with celebrity judges Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House) and Jody Dean from KLUV 98.7 FM. There'll also be music from Dallas band Counterfeit Radio. Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sunnyland Furniture, 7879 Spring Valley Road, Dallas. Admission and parking are free; food prices vary. dallaskosherbbq.com.
For the Granada Theater's new fall festival, local chefs will compete in a chili cook-off in the theater's back parking lot. Taste the competing dishes from Blind Butcher's Oliver Sitrin, Cafe Momentum's Patton Robertson, Troy Gardner of V-Eats Modern Vegan and Jason West of Sundown at Granada. And of course the Granada will have a spicy musical lineup including Charlie Robison, Cody Canada and the Departed, the Vandoliers and others. Nov. 6 from noon to 8 p.m. at 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $15 for general admission, $58 for VIP; children 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult. texaschilifestival.com.
More than 30 teams of barbecue specialists will take over Kidd Springs Park for this two-day festival hosted by Go Oak Cliff. The action begins Nov. 11 when grill masters light their fires. Spectators are welcome, and there will be food and drink for sale and live music. Taste the resulting 'cue Nov. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. with the purchase of a wristband for $20, which also includes the chance to vote for a favorite. Nov. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kidd Springs Park, 700 W. Canty St., Dallas. Free admission. bluesbanditsandbbq.org.
Tiney Ricciardi and Sara Frederick Burgos contributed to this report.